Another 194 people with coronavirus have died across the UK in the latest 24-hour period – compared to 156 a day earlier, government figures show.
According to the data, it brings the UK total deaths to 49,238.
However, separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data, show there have now been 65,000 deaths involving coronavirus in the UK.
The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 has also risen, to 21,350, up from Sunday’s figure of 20,572.
The number of confirmed cases across the country has now reached 1.213 million.
The weekly total of 2,385 deaths was up by 28.6% compared with the previous seven-day period.
Meanwhile, the seven-day total of 159,502 new cases was almost unchanged compared with the previous week.
There have been more than 50 million positive coronavirus cases worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to a tracker run by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 50.3 million cases as of early Monday morning.
Almost 10 million of these were in the US, even though the country has only around 4% of the world’s population. Some 8.5 million cases have been in India.
More than 1.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide – 237,000 of these in the US, 162,000 in Brazil and 126,000 in India.
The prime minister said the Pfizer vaccine news was a sign the “scientific cavalry” was on its way, but stressed it was “very, very early days”.